Jeremy Johnson's turned in a bounce-back performance at Texas A&M
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Georgia coach Mark Richt says he was impressed how quarterback Jeremy Johnson stepped in to help lead Auburn past Texas A&M last week.
It also sounds as if Richt was equally impressed the way Johnson handled himself after the game when quizzed about Auburn's fluid quarterback situation.
"He was asked, 'What do you think will happen next week against Georgia?' He said what you'd hope a kid would say: 'I want what's best for Auburn. Whatever the coaches decide, I'm behind it.'"
Richt figures he'll face both Johnson and fellow Auburn quarterback Sean White in Saturday's 11 a.m. game in Jordan-Hare Stadium, though there are no guarantees. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said during Wednesday's same SEC teleconference that White's knee injury, which prevented him from playing against Texas A&M, limited him in Tuesday's practice. His availability for Saturday remains a question.
"We'll see how he does today and tomorrow and make a better all Thursday or Friday," Malzahn said.
Malzahn said both Johnson and White could play, but "we're not ready to say that yet."
Richt said the Auburn quarterbacks bring a lot to the game.
"Both of them are outstanding players," Richt said. "You look at Jeremy. He's 5-1 as a starter. Sean has played really well in a lot of big games. They both have big-game experience. They'll be at home, and I think that will be a help to any quarterback.
"Just watching Jeremy play last week, very impressive. He had a lot of energy, he seemed very excited. He seems like he's a guy even though they had the high expectations, he lost his job. Instead of crying and moping, it sounded like he kept working and grinding and believing, and he got a chance to get back there as a starter and did a beautiful job."
Auburn could play Johnson and White, and will likely line up Kerryon Johnson behind center as the Wildcat quarterback as well. Georgia figures to play Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey at quarterback. In fact, Richt guarantees it.
"There definitely will be more than one guy taking snaps back there," he said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine